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    PittsfieldPete
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    Hi, Doug:

    As β€œluck” would have it I managed to fall down several of our basement stairs last Fall (no pun intended, I promise. But I really hope it’s the β€œlast fall” I ever take). I had a good hold of the railing & I don’t have any idea why I fell. Luckily it was only about six steps; it could have been much worse.

    As it is, though, I dislocated my right shoulder & tore the right biceps tendon loose from the bone. The dislocation was fixed with physical therapy but surgery via scope was needed to install two titanium anchors in the front of the shoulder bone. The tendon tatters were trimmed, then it was sutured to the anchors.

    Seeing that I can tie my shoes by myself again now I’m trying to get back to work on my tug. I’m still severely klutzy but I’m getting better every day & my fine motor skills are coming back OK.

    When the doctor told me I needed surgery I said I wanted a second opinion. He said: β€œOK, you’re ugly, too”. Then I asked him if I’d be able to play the violin when I’m all better. He said I shouldn’t have any problem playing at all. That’s great news for me seeing as I can’t play one now. Seriously, I do miss not being able to play my guitars.

    Well, that’s all I can write for now. I hope you’re doing really well & having great success with all of your projects.

    Take good care.

    Pete
    β€œWork & play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions”. Mark Twain American Humorist & Author 1835 - 1910
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    Hi Pete, how's things?
    Cheers, Doug 😎
    Young at heart - slightly older in other places πŸ˜‰ Cheers Doug
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    Hi Pete, welcome back😊
    Glad your eyeballs have cleared up πŸ‘
    Just ordered new goggles yesterday, should be here end of the month, then I can fiddle with 1mm LEDs again - maybeπŸ˜‰

    No, I didn't put a plug and socket at the base of the mast.
    I hard wired it into connections in the wheelhouse roof. Then took all the wires down through the funnels until they poked out the bottom of the main cabin. That's it for now. The mast is not glued in, it's a tight push fit so can still be folded down a bit.
    Later I'll make the little distribution board and put the plug and socket there so I can still remove the whole superstructure for maintenance.

    No again, I haven't done any more on the Southampton yet.
    Been busy fiddling with my fish cutter Gina 2, hull preparation and preliminary coat of white paint, and cleaning up Colin's vintage Taycol field coil motor. See Electrical Blogs 'Taycol Supermarine'.

    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    PittsfieldPete
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    Thanks for the information. Following Doug’s lead I came up with an idea for a scale fluorescent light fixture to install on the pilot house ceiling. I have odds & ends in my spare parts boxes that I can use to make the fixture, complete with a reflector & transparent pebble-surface scale diffuser. Even though the fixture won’t be visible I still want to achieve nice, even light in the pilot house with minimal shadows.

    The fixture design is still on the mental drawing board at this point but I’m reasonably sure it’ll work in the tug’s pilot house. if it doesn’t, however, I’ll definitely look into your suggestion.

    Thanks for reading my post & for your helpful advice, too.

    Pete
    β€œWork & play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions”. Mark Twain American Humorist & Author 1835 - 1910
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    if your still thinking about the cabin light you may like to think about using a surface mounted LED

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Surface-Mounted-LEDs-10-Pack-Choo...

    Just to give you an idea
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Surface-Mounted-LEDs-10-Pack-Choose-from-available-colours-UK-Free-P-P/263020022470?hash=item3d3d370ac6:m:mhKaps2dYMjCRQilJ3q6aeA
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    PittsfieldPete
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    Hello, Doug!

    I’m happy to report that my eyes are finally healed & I’m ready to get cracking on my tug’s LED lighting improvement project. Needless to say it’s so fantastic to be able to see again. The infection was so bad that I had to move around the house for weeks with at least one hand on the wall or I was in danger of falling or walking into the china cabinet. I lost what’s called β€œstereo vision” & had no depth perception. it was a nightmare to say the least, especially considering that the source of the infection remains unknown. But I just had a checkup at the ophthalmologistβ€˜s office & I was given the happy news that all traces of the infection are completely gone. Hallelujah!πŸ™πŸΌπŸ‘πŸ‘

    BTW, did you complete your tug’s mast LED lighting project? I recall that you had finished up the mast itself & had its LEDs working. Were you able to reinstall the mast in the pilot house roof & get everything back together without any problems? At one point you had mentioned possibly making a plug & socket arrangement for the mast so that it could be removed for safer transport to the lake. Were you able to follow through with that plan or was it just is easy to simply re-install the mast? finished for your dog? if so, how did it come out?

    I hope all is well with you & that your many projects are all turning out successfully.
    β€œWork & play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions”. Mark Twain American Humorist & Author 1835 - 1910
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    You beat me to it Colin πŸ‘ I found those as well and zoomed 'em.
    Looks like a form of Hi-Drag Stockless to me. ZY-6 perhaps?
    https://www.google.com/search?q=anchor&client=firefox-b&tbm=...
    Cheers, Doug
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    https://www.google.com/search?q=anchor&client=firefox-b&tbm=isch&tbs=rimg:CfFk5f5z1stxIjh3v-f6XBUqtMaFvPunPF0WW6eEMlRwTx83aAQ7-VRjFuEVajCB3ZW6INeHJMT0AQMnnyxfIaPT6ioSCXe_15_1pcFSq0EWfp-oVF7ohoKhIJxoW8-6c8XRYR8UdrSsA2N-4qEglbp4QyVHBPHxEHwwlFx7f4JyoSCTdoBDv5VGMWEdeKfFdC8UvEKhIJ4RVqMIHdlboR4kyhSnadMgwqEgkg14ckxPQBAxH9KvO1-FzePioSCSefLF8ho9PqEco2s6mj51j2&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjA35yticfdAhVOKuwKHZ5uBG0Q9C96BAgBEBg&biw=1920&bih=955&dpr=1#imgrc=QnBVjglX2_7EVM:
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    Young at heart - slightly older in other places πŸ˜‰ Cheers Doug
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    Thanks.
    β€œWork & play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions”. Mark Twain American Humorist & Author 1835 - 1910
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    Or this.
    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
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    Try this pic it may help.
    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
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